Nearly 4,000 Cast Votes Early
This Thursday is election day in the state of Tennessee. Early voting ended Saturday at noon and there was a big turnout. Nearly 4,000 voters, 3,976 exactly, went to the polls early to cast their vote to among other things decide on a new Cocke County mayor and Cocke County sheriff. Polls will open Thursday morning at 9am and remain open till 8pm that evening. Make sure to plan your day accordingly as voting will take you a little longer than normal due to a longer than normal ballot. The ballot is not just for the county’s general election, which includes many races that are uncontested, but this is also the state and federal primary election. But, what you will find makes the ballot longer this year is 7 pages of Judicial retention questions. Several Tennessee Supreme Court justices are up for retention as well as a slew of appellate judges. That makes for a 13-page ballot this time around.
You must be a registered voter and bring a photo ID with you issued by Tennessee or the federal government. Also if you need to update your address, you need to contact the Cocke County Election Commission before election day.